Take charge of healthy life, be smokefree
You probably know about the relationship between smoking and lung cancer but did you know smoking is also linked to heart disease, stroke and other chronic lung diseases?
A person who smokes is two to four times more likely to have a heart attack or stroke than someone who doesn’t.
May 31 is World Smokefree Day and Ruth Strawbridge from the Heart Foundation is encouraging people who smoke to make the most of the occasion and quit for good.
‘‘ It doesn’t
matter whether you’ve smoked for 20 years or five months, if you give up today your heart health will improve and in five years’ time it will be the same as someone who has never smoked. The key thing to remember is that it’s never too late to give up,’’ she said.
There are thousands of chemicals in cigarettes and at least 250 of them are harmful to human health. For example, many of the chemicals damage your arteries, raise your blood pressure and reduce the amount of oxygen your blood can carry.
‘‘Quitting smoking is the single most important decision you can make for your heart, your health and your family’s health.
‘‘It’s about whanau and being there for your loved ones. Take up the challenge and take a step towards living a full, healthy life and quit smoking on May 31,’’ said Ms Strawbridge.
Smoking is the most preventable cause of death in New Zealand; it causes more than 5000 premature deaths annually. For help to quit smoking call Quitline on 0800 778 778 or visit quit.org.nz.